EU outburst offened many remainers too

I take issue with your correspondent Sue Dougherty when she stated that: “Donald Tusk, President of Europe, has insulted all of us who voted to leave the EU”. As one who voted to remain Donald Tusk has also insulted me by his grossly offensive remarks.  Both Donald Tusk and later Professor John Brewer have not only demeaned themselves and the

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Horrified at bigotry toward film about conversion from homosexuality

Being unable to attend Townsend Street Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening, I watched the film about a homosexual’s conversion to Christianity on YouTube. The link can be found here.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FyFv_xCvE) I was therefore both horrified and disgusted at the act of sectarian bigotry displayed in opposition to the showing of this film. This film, set in the context of Malta,

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Brian Kennaway: Every effort has been made to coerce northern unionists into Irish unity by murder and mayhem

I refer to the article “Mary Lou McDonald: Way to peaceful united Ireland was closed to us before”. (Monday 21 January)  May I respectfully inform the President of Sinn Fein that she is incorrect?   During the debate on the third Home Rule Bill, Sir Edward Carson said that there were only two ways to make Ulster accept Home Rule:

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Is SDLP’s future a republican one?

I am somewhat bemused by the talk of the proposed merger of the Social Democratic & Labour Party with Fianna Fail – ‘The Republican Party’. The SDLP began as a political party emphasising ‘social democracy’ and ‘labour’ issues and not nationalism. It later transformed into a Nationalist Party, much to the annoyance of many of their members. If this merger

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We are guilty of having a selective memory of history of this island

I refer to “Memory of Protestant role in 1798 rising still lies beneath surface” (Opinion November 21). The author Guy Beiner, gives an impressive list of instances where “unionist Presbyterians completely erased the memory of the participation of their ancestors in the rebellion of 1798,” For some inexplicable reason, during the first fifty years of the Northern Ireland State, the

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Response to “Creative Conversations Group”

This letter is addressed to the Moderator yet, like the one signed by 232 Ministers and Elders,  it does not specifically state what the signatories wish the Moderator to do. The origins of this group “Creative Conversations” is unknown, other than “Our Group, made up of members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland”. Was his group open to all, or

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RESPONSE TO ‘A cry from the heart’

This document ‘A cry from the heart’ issued to the media on 6 July 2018, was signed by 36 Ministers, 21 of whom are retired – 18 from active parish ministry and 3 from alternative ministry.  Of the 15 active ministers who signed 13 are in parish ministry and 2 in alternative ministry. 196 Elders signed but the vast majority

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